Alfred Jarry’s The Supermale appears on virtually every list of cycling novels. But who was Jarry? And does The Supermale deserve its place. Alfred Jarry () threw down his challenge to literature, permanently altering its with whom he merges in the book’s–and the Supermale’s–final climax. I first read Alfred Jarry’s The Supermale in French many years ago, a part of a massive Gallimand paperback collection of all of Jarry’s work.

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Alfred Jarry, eccentric dramatist, poet, and humorist, was born in Laval, France, in Dec 28, Dave rated it liked it. Quotes from The Supermale.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Supermale was translated into English by Barbara Wright in Mar 19, Adam Browne rated it it was amazing.

Thanks for telling us about the problem. The self-inflicted trials and tribulations our protagonist endures in this story are beyond reason and ultimately absurd. To the universal attraction of the scientists they oppose affinities proper unto themselves. But The Supermale is also satire on supermen, as they had become something of a philosophical vogue at the time, not just Nietzsche obviously and obvious in this book but George Bernard Shaw and H.

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Maybe, or maybe his futuristic ideas a,fred something of substance, something an ordinary mind could not possibly grasp hold of. Want to Read saving…. A large part of the novel takes place on Andre Marcueil’s estate, Chateau de Lurance.

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I will surely need to read th Having gleaned the reviews already on here about Alfred Jarry’s The Supermale, I don’t feel I really need to add much more.

Books by Alfred Jarry. During a dinner party at the mansion of Andre Marcueil, the main character, several guests discuss the nature of love. The cyclists notice a mysterious shadow in the background, which passes them.

I thought Jarry looked like Ron, too. I will say however that I deeply enjoyed this work, it has the same anti-erotic absurd verve as Visits of Love, and in many ways experiments with the same themes. Nothing exists for them but what they wish.

Alfref Marcueil, gentleman and scientist, believes that human energy has no limits, and demonstrates his belief by undertaking a 10,mile bicycle race with a locomotive, followed by an indefinite bout of lovemaking.

Above all, discretely woven into this tale is a love story, a heart wrenching sad love story. Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone. Athough Jarry was well-versed in the classics his prose did not match that of his heroes.

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It’s very close to my heart. There is a crazy bicycle race in this book that is very much a set piece for the potential of human powered technology that flows like a surreal dream with dreamlike elements thrown in: Published Alfded 30th by Exact Change first published He awakens when 11, volts are sent through his body, causing him to break free of his chair and try to escape, but he dies.

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. He describes in detail how he engages in said activity with over 50 women until doctors finally attach him to a machin Another surrealist classic, Jarry dubbed himself a “pataphysician” – “one who studies the science of imaginary solutions, [pataphysics], which symbolically attributes the properties of objects, described by their virtuality, to their lineaments.


Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Sometimes grotesque or misunderstood i. He begins taking bromide and exercising to become super-strong. Nov 08, april violet rated it liked it Shelves: But with a sort of crown, she turned the head of the docile monster, wherever she willed, to left and to right.

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Other jatry – View all The Supermale: Jarry’s equally revolutionary novels form the cornerstones of a science he named “Pataphysics,” a method for the rational disordering of rationality that has influenced countless subsequent artists and writers, from Marcel Duchamp to Wim Delvoye, Andr Breton to J.

Trivia About The Supermale. Violence and the Need to Belong ‘Dogville’, dir. One of the cyclists dies, but the bicycle speeds up.

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Andrew Marcueil – Hercules, Frankenstein, or Supermale? Trapped in the room for hours, they begin eating alfre cosmetics. I read The Supermale in a language I was still shaky jagry at the time, despite ten years of immersion. Marceuil, our supermale, is a freak because of his huge unit: Brilliant stuff, especially that Paul Eluard and Benjamin Peret pamphlet. I liked Ubu Roi and wanted to see more of Jarry’s work.

This was my second time reading Supermale and I got a lot more out of it than the first time.